Vanuatu to 11,000 Residents in Path of Erupting Volcano: Get Out Now

Sean Breslin – April 26, 2018

Volcanic eruptions on Vanuatu’s Ambae Island have forced officials to order a mass evacuation, and weather conditions haven’t cooperated in recent days.

The archipelago nation east of Australia is attempting to evacuate all 11,000 people who live on Ambae Island to nearby Santo Island because of ongoing eruptions at the Manaro volcano, according to the Guardian. A state of emergency was declared and many people began having respiratory problems as the smoke and ash from the eruption filled the air, the report added.

Evacuations were even more difficult because of heavy rain that triggered flooding and mudslides, the Guardian also said. Vanuatu’s leaders are also keeping an eye on several other volcanoes rumbling on islands near Ambae, Radio New Zealand reported.

Civilization May Not Need Japan’s Deadly Volcano to Destroy Itself – Scientist

Sputnik News – February 16, 2018

A huge underwater supervolcano has been tracked in the Japanese Archipelago, with scientists already warning that its possible new eruption may kill at least 100 million people.

Speaking to Sputnik, Yoshiyuki Tatsumi of Kobe Ocean-Bottom Exploration Center explained that in order to predict volcanic eruptions, including massive ones, it is important to accurately locate a magma pocket as well as its size and shape.

“So we chose the Kikai Caldera, the only place in the water area of the Japanese archipelago, where a gigantic eruption of an ancient underwater volcano took place 7,300 years ago,” he said.

Commenting on reports that there is only one percent probability of an eruption of the Kikai Caldera supervolcano in the next hundred years, Tatsumi drew a parallel with the deadly earthquakes in Kobe and Kumamoto in 1995 and 2016, respectively, which he recalled were predicted only the day before they took place.